Top 3 Mortgage Rejection Reasons

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Have you been denied a mortgage loan recently? Rejections usually don’t come down to a single reason, because lenders look at your overall financial status.

However, some factors increase your risk of rejection. According to NerdWallet’s 2018 Home Buyer Report, three issues stand out as primary reasons for mortgage denials based on the most recent available data (2016). The top two are fundamental to the Ability-to-Repay rules outlined by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the wake of the financial crisis. The third is more related to the home than the borrower.

1. Debt-to-Income ratio (DTI) – Your DTI ratio is your total monthly debt obligations divided by your gross monthly income. NerdWallet found that 28% of mortgage loans were rejected primarily for a poor DTI, the highest percentage of any factor evaluated.

DTI limits may vary, but the upper limit has generally been in the 43% to 45% range for a loan to be consider…

Mortgage Deduction Claims Will Drop More Than 50%

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Who wants simpler taxes? Most of us do, assuming we also keep more money in the process.

Starting in 2018, homeowners are more likely to have simpler tax returns – but they may need to make similar tax calculations to ensure a lower tax bill.

Tax simplification was part of the pitch to sell the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) to the American public. To help achieve this goal, Congress raised standard deductions and reduced or eliminated several itemized deductions with the TCJA to encourage filers to take the standard deduction. Taxes are much simpler if you don’t itemize, and there’s no reason to itemize if your standard deduction is greater than your collective itemized deductions.

The TCJA raised the standard deduction for married couples filing jointly to $24,000 (almost double the previous deduction of $12,700). The standard deduction for single filers rose…

The Easy Way To Save Thousands On Your Mortgage

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You probably comparison-shop for most of your purchases, especially the high-dollar ones. If you’re going to spend money on a new appliance or an automobile, you want to review options to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), there’s a big exception to this rule – mortgages. Almost one-third of homebuyers don’t bother shopping around with different lenders to find the best mortgage rate offer for their home purchase. In fact, over three-quarters of homebuyers applied for a mortgage with only one lender!

Why would you not shop around for the mortgage rate on your new home – the largest purchase that most Americans will ever make in their lifetime?

The CFPB suggests several reasons, topped by the assumption that shopping makes no tangible difference. A previous survey by the CFPB and the Federal Housing Finance Agency found that most consumers assume all mortgage lenders offer roughly the sam…

All About Real Estate Disclosures

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You want to know exactly what you are getting when you make any large purchase, especially when you are buying a home – the largest purchase that many Americans will ever make in their life. That’s why a real estate disclosure statement is a fundamental part of any real estate transaction.

By law, home sellers must provide a disclosure statement in writing regarding the condition of their home. The contents of disclosure statements vary by state and municipality, but they must disclose known hazards and defects of the home, as well as any important information that may affect the seller’s decision.

As a seller, you must make sure that you compile a thorough list of disclosure items. Your agent should be able to help you determine if each item must be disclosed.

Sellers are not required to search for any unknown defects, but failing to disclose a reasonab…

Millennials Have More Home Buying Regrets

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Homeownership is one of the classic measures of “the American Dream.” According to a recent Bank of the West Millennial Study, over half of respondents (58%) say they’ve either attained the American Dream or that the American Dream is still attainable. A similar percentage (59%) says that owning a home is a top ingredient in the American Dream – surpassing retiring comfortably (56%), being debt-free (53%), and even having children (41%).

Millennials show approximately the same numbers in all of these categories, but they break sharply from other generations in one aspect. Over two-thirds of millennials (68%) say they have regrets about their home purchase – almost twice as many as baby boomers and thirteen percentage points above members of Generation X.

Perhaps millennials are expecting too much out of homeownership, ignoring the old axiom – “The secret to happiness is low expectations.” The study suggests rose-colored glasses ma…

There’s No Correlation Between Interest Rates And Home Sales

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It just makes sense. When mortgage interest rates rise, fewer people can afford to buy homes. Home sales go down as a result. Conversely, when interest rates drop, homes become more affordable and home sales will go up.

There’s only one problem with this premise. It isn’t necessarily true.

According to Sam Khater, a deputy chief economist with CoreLogic, “the relationship is almost zero” between mortgage rates and home sales. At the very least, it’s difficult to determine the relationship because there are many other factors affecting home sales – some of which are far more likely to affect your likelihood of buying a home. Supply and demand, jobs, wages and inflation, and the availability of credit can all swamp the effect of interest rates. You can check your credit score and read your credit report for free within minutes using

How Much Does Your Dream Home Cost?

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What does your dream home look like, and how much does it cost? Whether it’s a cottage on a secluded beach, a stately mansion on a hill, or something in-between, your dream home probably won’t come cheap.

Two recent surveys agree that America’s dream home is relatively expensive but differ on the actual price – along with a few other aspects of the average dream home.

Homes.com and Northshore Fireplace each polled 2,000 Americans to determine what constitutes a dream home. Homes.com found the average dream home costs an estimated $879,000, while Northshore Fireplace came in at $1.3 million. Both are well beyond Zillow’s April 2018 median home value of $215,600.

What will you find in your $879,000 dream home as defined by the Homes.com survey? You’ll get a beach house – or at least beach-house décor – with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, hardwood floors, and an open kitchen. Other features include a deck, spacious walk-in closet, two-door garage…

Video: When To Accept Mortgage Prepayment Penalties

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There are plenty of mortgages available that don’t charge prepayment penalties. When should you be willing to accept a home loan with these potential fees? Bankrate.com Senior VP and Chief Analyst Greg McBride explains what benefits may balance out such penalties, as well as what to look out for in your Home Equity Line Of Credit (HELOC) contract.

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Don’t Let A Credit Dispute Blow Your Mortgage

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“Always check your credit report for errors, and dispute any errors as soon as possible.” We normally give this advice, but there are a few exceptions to this rule – including when you are preparing to apply for a mortgage loan.

Errors in credit reports should generally be disputed because of the potentially detrimental effects on your credit score. Matt Schulz, Senior Industry Analyst at CreditCards.com, puts it this way: “The thing about a credit score is it’s not really important every single day, but when it’s important, it’s really important.”

Mortgage loans are one of those important occasions where a high credit score is essential – you want your credit score to be as high as possible in order to qualify for the best interest rates and save thousands of dollars over the life of a loan. Unfortunately, if a loan officer sees that items on your credit report are …